RAD Studio Cruise

The RAD Studio Cruise returns on Saturday, February 12, 2011 with a greatly expanded list of venues due to our new participation with local boutiques. New this year, area businesses will be hosting additional artists to complement the area studios.

This year marks the RAD Studio Cruise’s fourth annual celebration of local artists. The event continues to grow, offering more to see and do than ever. Thousands of people attend each year, sample a deliciously diverse group of artworks, seeing art in action, enjoying refreshments and performance, and this year, getting to know area boutiques and their artist friends.

RAD Studio Cruise 2011 will take place on Saturday, February 12, 2011, with hours varying by venue but generally coinciding in the late afternoon into early evening, with some venues open late. Visitors are encouraged to stay in the area, and enjoy a romantic night of art paired with the many nearby dining and entertainment options. Area restaurants will be joined by a small fleet of trendy food trucks in providing for visitors culinary experience.


RAD Studio Cruise continues to grow and gain momentum in 2011, promising an even more spectacular time for art collectors and enthusiasts. The artists of the Rail Arts District create paintings, sculpture, jewelry, furniture, studio pottery, metal work and more. Area boutiques will also show off work by their artist friends to greatly enhance the event.

Every week, hundreds of artists visit the Rail Arts District to work in large public studios like MudFire Clayworks ceramic studio, Amalgam Arts jewelry studio, and the Little Tree Studios community. Academy Theater, Georgia’s oldest independent theater, hosts a small posse of performance companies with a wide variety of programming each month. Other notable area artists include Chris Warner (paint, mixed media), Bart Webb (sculpture), Barry Rhodes (ceramics), Suzy Schultz (paint, etchings), Lora Rust (ceramics), Zach Consorti (furniture and sculpture), and Catherine Goolsby (jewelry). The Avondale Arts Alliance joins RAD this year for the first time with an artist market at the small business incubator at 151 Locust.

All of these studios (and more!) will open their doors for visitors with music and conversation, food and drink, education and demonstration, and a vast smorgasbord of aesthetic delights in all media available for purchase. See the full list of participating venues below.

“RAD Studio Cruise is an amazing opportunity for visitors to forge connections with local artists and experience the creativity and energy happening in their community. We all work together this one day to create an intense, multi-faceted experience that our visitors will be talking about all year. Many of these artists have a national reputation. It is really amazing the quality of artwork being created and number of studios along this little stretch of rail line,” comments Bob Means of Little Tree Studios.

Visitors can download a Cruise Map and Schedule of Events of participating venues at www.railartsdistrict.com. Individual venue offerings and hours will vary, but visitors can expect refreshments, entertainment, art sales, demonstrations, and music. Admission is free and parking is available at each location.


A vibrant arts district has formed in the Atlanta metro area over the past few years. The area boasts some of the city’s largest community art studios, relocated Buckhead galleries, and dozens of individual studios for visual and performing artists. Reasonably priced industrial space and strongly supportive surrounding communities have been the keys to the growth of this new Rail Arts District.

The action is taking place along a one mile stretch of CSX rail line that passes through downtown Avondale Estates, into the Laredo Drive industrial area, and along East Ponce De Leon Ave toward Decatur. This section of track is flanked on either side by mid-century industrial and warehouse buildings that are increasingly populated by art and artists. Tucked away in these unassuming buildings you’ll find large community art spaces that offer lessons, exhibits, workshops, performance space, studio rentals, classes, and of course artwork sales and exhibits. These large facilities are complemented by dozens of smaller individual studios to form a teeming arts district.


All of the participating arts organizations are located along a one-mile stretch of CSX rail line in downtown Avondale and off East Ponce De Leon Avenue in Decatur & Scottsdale. Activities will take place during the afternoon and evening with specifics varying by location.

MudFire Clayworks
175 Laredo Drive, Decatur, GA 30030
Featuring a gallery full of studio pottery by 60+ artists
Featuring studio potter Erik Haagensen, www.haagensen.net
Featuring studio potter Luba Sharapan, http://www.etsy.com/shop/BelleEpoquePottery

Little Tree Art Studios
2834 Franklin Street, Avondale Estates, GA 30002
Artists in a variety of mediums open their studio doors
Featuring paintings by Jennifer Jones, www.jenniferjonesart.com
Freelance writer and journalist Vené Franco
Featuring paintings by Jennifer Jones
Featuring Lynn Hammond-Gray, DDiv
Featuring artful and creative gifts by Phyllis Vaughn
Featuring paintings by Donna Horn
Featuring paintings by Gail Tribble

151 Locust Building
151 Locust St. Avondale Estates, GA 30002
Featuring the Avondale Arts Alliance artist market, http://www.avondalearts.org/
Featuring pottery by Gwen Fryar
Featuring upcycled jewelry and wearables by Pat Berryhill, www.magpiedreams.net
Featuring clay works by Lori Buff, futurerelicsgallery.etsy.com
Featuring mixed media works on wood by Jen Singh, www.jensingh.com
Featuring silver and copper jewelry by Lou Calloway, www.etsy.com/shop/SkippingDaisiesDsgns
Featuring recycled paper and paper artwork by Katy DeMent, www.thepaperlady.com

Kudzu Antiques
2928 East Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, GA 30030
Featuring a large selection of kitsch art, fine art, and folk/primitive including RA Miller
Featuring oil paintings, pen & ink drawings by Karen Nichols
Featuring oil paintings by Ginny Nichols
Featuring mixed media by Phyllis Vaughn
Featuring original lighting from recycled objects by Lilly Cannon
Featuring painted furniture & wall sculptures from recycled objects by Kathy Budka
Featuring acrylic paintings by Barbara Buford

Little Tree Rehearsal Studios
2842 Franklin Street, Avondale Estates, GA 30002
Featuring coffee house atmosphere with local singer songwriters, coffee, and a place to sit and rest before moving on
Featuring The Buggs at 10:00 pm, a Beatles tribute band, www.buggstribute.com

Studio 2850
2850 Franklin Street, Avondale Estates, GA 30002
Featuring custom modern furniture by Zach Consorti
Featuring paintings and etchings by Suzy Schultz
Featuring abstract acrylics by Su Abbot
Featuring large format oil paitings by Jim Wakeman
Featuring whimsical wooden sculptures by Dolores Means

Cutting Edge Gallery & Framing
2840 Franklin Street, Avondale Estates, GA 30002
Boat model building demonstrations by Avondale Seamens Society and live chill electronica by the Wobbly

Bart Webb Studios
2846 Franklin Street, Avondale Estates, GA 30002
Featuring metal sculpture by Bart Webb and paintings by Chris Warner

Lora Rust Ceramic Designs
4C Pine Street, Avondale Estates, GA 30002
Pottery making demonstrations
Featuring pottery by Lora Rust, www.lorarust.com
Featuring pottery by Kathryn Bowling

2830 Franklin Street, Avondale Estates, Georgia 30002
Featuring the art of Julia Lutgendorf, Nicolette Morgan, Jennifer Young, Leah Owenby and Robert Hill.

Finders Keepers Furnishings
2753 E. College Ave., Decatur, GA 30030
Featuring paintings by Meghann Girard and Max Williams

Pine Street Market
4A Pine St., Avondale Estates, GA 30002
Featuring handcrafted artisan cured meats and sausages from local pork

Academy Theatre
119 Center Street, Avondale Estates, GA 30002
Featuring an artist market and impromptu performances

165 DeKalb Arts & Professional Building

165 Dekalb Industrial Way NE, Decatur, GA 30030
Featuring pottery by Barry Rhodes, www.rhodespottery.com
Featuring jewelry by Catherine Goolsby, www.JewelryAndMetalsmithing.com
Featuring healing arts by Christin Whittington, www.energydancinginbalance.com

Gourmet Food Trucks
Members of the Atlanta Street Food Coalition
Confirmed to date: Westside Creamery, Yumbii, Good Food Truck, Yum Yum Cupcake, and Grace’s Goodness
Location TBD, Avondale Estates

The Little Wine Shop
100 N. Avondale Road, Avondale Estates, GA 30002
Featuring wine tastings and photography by Chet Burgess,

Trilogy Book Store
126 N. Avondale Rd, Avondale Estates, GA 30002
Featuring culinary delights, visual art & jewelry by six local artists, a book signing, chair massages, tarot card readings, yoga demo class, make your own jewelry, cardio demo class, poetry and music performances

AMALGAM Arts Atlanta
3172 E. Ponce De Leon Avenue, Scottdale, GA 30079
Featuring jewelry sales and demonstrations

Fine & Frugal Furnishings
32-A N. Avondale Rd, Avondale Estates, GA 30002
Featuring artwork by Abha

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